Anna Ten (1986) is a French-Ukrainian choreographer, theatre-maker, writer and activist. She is passionate about words and speech. In 2020, she founded Seule à plusieurs. The company's practice combines documentary theatre and spoken word, contemporary dance and performance. Ten is fascinated by so-called imperfect bodies, bodies in evolution, aging bodies, bodies that bear the traces of experience and that we are not used to see on stage. Her creations always involve professional and amateur artists within a non-hierarchical horizontal framework. As a solo artist, Anna Ten creates long-term immersive performances and collaborates with artists from other disciplines, such as electronic music, painting, visual arts, and photography. Her artistic research embraces family history, questions the performance conventions, the place of women in society, racism, and its multiple facets. As a Ukrainian contemporary art advocate, Anna Ten created in 2014 a group of several independent female curators across Europe that has since organized numerous performance art festivals, photography exhibitions, and art residencies for artists from Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.
Project: The last part of a triptych danced story, Portrait d’une femme ordinaire dans un ocean de coquelicots features Josiane, a 71-year-old self-taught dancer who tells us, with humor and self-mockery, the story of her ever-changing body.